Skip to navigation Skip to content

Vertigo and Dizziness


In this article


Dizziness is a common symptom of MS. People with MS may feel off balance or lightheaded. Much less often, they have the sensation that they or their surroundings are spinning — a condition known as vertigo. These symptoms are due to lesions — damaged areas — in the complex pathways that coordinate visual, spatial and other input to the brain needed to produce and maintain equilibrium (balance).

Other conditions that may cause dizziness include middle ear inflammation and benign tumors of the acoustic nerve that connects the ear and the brain. In order to effectively treat your dizziness or vertigo, it’s important to know the cause.

Usually, these symptoms respond to an anti-motion-sickness drugs. Consult your healthcare team if dizziness or vertigo becomes bothersome or lasts a long time. In severe cases, a short course of corticosteroids may be prescribed.

Additional resources

Managing MS Symptoms: Dizziness

Learn strategies for managing dizziness.  Featuring Stephen Krieger, MD. 


The National MS Society is Here to Help

Newly Diagnosed

If you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed, access our MS information and resources.

Start Here

Start Here
© 2024 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its Identification Number (EIN) is 13-5661935.